Ranks Florida’s Best Vocational & Trade Schools

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Site Determines Top Two, Four Year Schools with Trade & Vocational Training Programs

The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( has released it’s ranking of Florida’s Best Vocational and Trade Programs for 2016-2017. The higher education resource and information site chose 38 Florida colleges for the list, highlighting both two- and four-year schools offering on-campus or online trade and vocational training. Schools scoring highest include: Florida State College at Jacksonville, Pensacola State College, Palm Beach State College, Santa Fe College and Daytona State College (four-year schools) and Hillsborough Community College, Tallahassee Community College, City College Altamonte Springs and Hollywood campuses and Charlotte Technical Center (two-year schools).

“Most jobs in the U.S. do not require a Bachelor’s level education, and only 30 percent of the labor force in the U.S. has a four-year degree as of 2009,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These Florida schools are providing excellent education options for students interested in trade or vocational careers, which are projected to be some of the fastest-growing industries in the nation through 2024.”

To qualify for placement on Florida’s Best Trade Schools list, the Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges to meet several minimum quality standards. Each college must be regionally accredited and carry public or private not-for-profit status. All schools on the list must also offer career placement services to help maximize student success. The site analyzes each qualifying school based on more than a dozen unique factors, such as student-teacher ratios, graduation rates and more to come up with scoring.

A full list of the ranking and the data points and methodology used to determine the Best Trade Schools in Florida can be found at:

Schools included on the two-year list:
Charlotte Technical Center
City College - Altamonte Springs
City College - Hollywood
Hillsborough Community College
North Florida Community College
Ridge Career Center
Tallahassee Community College
Traviss Career Center

Schools included on the four-year list:

Broward College
Chipola College
City College - Fort Lauderdale
College of Central Florida
Daytona State College
Eastern Florida State College
Florida Gateway College
Florida SouthWestern State College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Gulf Coast State College
Hodges University
Indian River State College
Johnson & Wales University - North Miami
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
Lake-Sumter State College
Miami Dade College
Northwest Florida State College
Palm Beach State College
Pasco-Hernando State College
Pensacola State College
Polk State College
Remington College - Heathrow Campus
Remington College - Tampa Campus
Santa Fe College
Seminole State College of Florida
South Florida State College
St Petersburg College
State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota
Valencia College
Webber International University


About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.

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